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The Kumars (Sky1) are back. They've left number 42 at their street in Wembley and moved to Hounslow, where a divorced Sanjeev Kumar/Bhaskar is hosting his TV show from behind his dad's shop where they're renting from new landlord Hawney (pronounced "horny").

Rise of the Machines: dress by Peiran Gong and watch Fred Butler for Swatch

Machine-A: Beyond the boundaries

London's Machine-A boutique has emerging and avant-garde brands at its heart, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Dame Helen Ghosh

Page 3 Profile: Dame Helen Ghosh, Director-General of the National Trust

More hot air in the wind turbine debate?

Editorial: Bring the spads out of the dark

The role of political appointees in government is a controversial one. For some, they are the much-needed oil without which the wheels of Whitehall grind impossibly slow. For others, they are either the ineffectual "tsars" so popular with Gordon Brown or the hired guns brought in to force through their masters' pet projects regardless of the objections of officials.

Britain's Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith

Government brings in trouble-shooter to get its Universal Credit benefits programme on track before launch

Government takes action after flagship programme is hit by death of IT head and other staff problems

Switching jobs gives City workers 24% rise

City workers who switched their jobs last month will have started the year with an average 24% pay rise, figures have revealed.

Switching City jobs brings a pay jump of 24 per cent

City workers who switched their jobs last month will have started the year with an average 24 per cent pay rise, figures have revealed.

David Cameron appearing on This Morning

PM would 'absolutely' appear on This Morning after paedophile list scandal says Schofield

Phillip Schofield said David Cameron would "absolutely" come back on This Morning despite the storm of controversy caused when he ambushed the Prime Minister with a list of alleged paedophiles during a live interview.

Editorial: A warning for London and its planners

It will be scant comfort to those injured and bereaved to know that the helicopter crash in London during today’s rush hour could have been so much worse. It could have hit a train crossing the Thames, or Vauxhall station, or a hypermarket, or even the headquarters of MI6. There could have been more people in the tower when the helicopter struck the crane in poor visibility.

Lord O’Donnell has accused ministers of blaming officials for self-inflicted problems

Ministers 'attack civil servants to deflect blame from Coalition'

Former Cabinet Secretary Lord O'Donnell says the Government has undermined morale

Editorial: Let's see you rubbish recycling, Mr Pickles

A new front has opened on the furious political battlefield that is rubbish collection. Eric Pickles, the Conservative Communities Secretary, has threatened to withdraw funding from local councils that fail to run a weekly service, fulminating against "Labour myths" and claiming there is "no plausible reason" for less frequent bin collection. Except it appears that there is – and a very good one, too.

Traffic on the M6 motorway in Cheshire

More road tolls would be 'electoral suicide' says motoring campaigner ahead of new Treasury study

Pressing ahead with an expansion of road tolls would be "electoral suicide" for the Government, a motoring campaigner said.

Plebgate uncovered: What we still don’t know

Q. Why has a police officer been arrested over the Mitchell affair?

Amlin heads for the heights in skyscraper deal

The Lloyd's of London insurer Amlin will soon be wowing its clients at the top of the "Cheesegrater" skyscraper in the City after agreeing a major pre-letting deal with British Land yesterday.

Room at the top for Amlin after its Cheesegrater deal

The Lloyd's of London insurer Amlin will soon be wowing its clients at the top of the Cheesegrater skyscraper in the City after agreeing a major pre-letting deal with British Land yesterday.

31 allegations of rape made against Jimmy Savile in sex abuse inquiry

589 alleged victims have come forward during their investigation

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected